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Six Murderous Beliefs


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Reviewer: longfade - - June 29, 2010
Subject: Cringe

The scene where the guy is freehanding a crosscut on a table saw is cringe-worthy enough (I'm a woodworker and doing that pretty much guarantees a serious kick back when the blade binds in the cut).

The scene where that smug girl gets hit by the car and the narrator chides her for being stupid is great though.
Reviewer: ERD - - January 6, 2006
Subject: Good points
A film that teaches safety to teenagers. While the dramatization might be somewhat dated, the six points still hold true today.
Reviewer: Julie Fabulous - - January 4, 2006
Subject: this is the greatest movie ever
The people of the 50's were so fucked up. Completely insane. I love it.
Reviewer: GE_Pretzel - - January 4, 2006
Subject: Unique
Unlike most safety films which often tend to highlight the proper safety procedures that are
related to a specific activity, Six Murderous Beliefs concerns itself with the faulty
rationales that endanger foolhardy individuals. Each "murderous belief" is accompanied by a
brief dramatization illustrating the foolish natures of those who eschew caution. One of
the more interesting segments, "The Price of Progress," warns people against attempting to
justify dangerous and careless actions simply because they may be beneficial to self or
others. Several scenes are unintentionally humourous due to the dialogue of the no-nonsense
narrator, but the film's teachings are still applicable to members of today's society.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - March 13, 2005
Subject: Is Your Number Up?
Shockingly hilarious film that tells of warning signs you've probably never heard of, and I am wondering if people heard of them back in the 50's, which I do believe this film is set. All 6 of these have different episodes, and all of them are quite funny, Especially 'The Price Of Progress' and 'The Law Of Averages' where both adults take their agressions out on the young folk. But the killer one is 'When Your Number's Up, it's up', like who actually thinks like that? A MUST SEE on this site!
Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf - - September 24, 2004
Subject: The Law Of Averages
National Safety Council film from 1955 that shows that the way to prevent accidents is to have a bombastic narrator and overdramatic music. Actually, the rather good message, basically that safety is your responsiblity, get illustarted by the six eponymous beliefs, with associated scenes that range from death by automobile to a cramp in a swimming pool.

What seems to be more interesting, however, is how poorly this film has aged. While some of the "beliefs" of the title are still around today (Law Of Averages, I'm Lucky, The Other Guy), others seem peculiar to the 1950s (The Price Of Progress, Safety Is For Sissies). Add the rather needless stock footage of a jet plane in front of a talk by a test pilot at a Safety Club meeting (why?) and often awkward acting, you wind up with a film that is less effective than it should've been.
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